CHARDON, Ohio -- Families of three of the five students shot at Chardon High School held a news conference Thursday to talk about their loved ones and to thank the community for its outpouring of support.
Daniel Parmertor's grandfather, uncle and older brother talked to the media first. Dominic Parmertor described his younger brother, Daniel, 16 as "...the happiest kid on the planet. I never once saw him mad. We were very close. He loved us very much."
Daniel died Monday just hours after a student opened fire in the high school cafeteria. Dominic said the students Daniel was sitting with that morning were the students he sat with every day. He said Daniel had no relationship with TJ Lane, the student held in the shootings.
Daniel had dreams of attending Ohio State to study computer networking. His brother says Daniel was going to change the world.
The family marveled at the support from the Chardon community and from around the nation and world.
Funeral services for Daniel are set for March 2.
Phyllis Ferguson, Demetrius Hewlin's mother, took the podium after the Parmertor's. She said her son's death was not in vain.
Demetrius' organs were donated. One recipient was a child who only had days left to live. Demetrius would have turned 17 on March 8. His mother asked that people light a candle in memory of her son on that day.
Funeral services for Demetrius are set for March 6.
Holly Walczak then spoke about her son, Nick, one of the two students to survive the shooting. She says Nick remains in serious condition at the hospital after being shot four times.
She thanked the Chardon High School teacher, Mr. Ricci, who helped pull Nick into a classroom and out of the further line of fire that morning. "He saved my son's life," she said.
According to his mother, Nick currently has no feeling in his legs but makes small improvements every day. Holly Walczak says the doctors have told her they are cautiously optimistic.
She says the three boys who died were Nick's friends.